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Collection Number: 04460

Collection Title: Walter Frank Taylor Papers, 1921-1977

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1200 items)
Abstract Walter Frank Taylor was a lawyer; member of the North Carolina Senate, 1921; member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, 1939- 1951; and member of the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees, 1915-1971. Materials, 1958-1973, relating to Taylor's service on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, including files concerning the Speaker Ban episode of 1965 and restructuring the board in the 1960s; files concering Taylor's involvements in the North Carolina General Assembly and some of his other political activities; and a few other items.
Creator Taylor, Walter Frank, 1889-1977.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Walter Frank Taylor papers #4460, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. W. Frank Taylor of Goldsboro, N.C., in July and December 1986 and from Mrs. Taylor through Betsey Baldridge in November 1988.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Walter Frank Taylor was born 4 April 1889, in Duplin County, North Carolina. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1911, followed by a law degree in 1914. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Phi Society, and Tau Kappa.

Taylor began practicing law in a Goldsboro firm in 1914. Later, as a partner, Taylor built the firm into one of North Carolina's most respected firms - Taylor, Allen, Warren, and Kerr. He served on the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners and was president of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Taylor was also actively involved in North Carolina politics. In 1921, he served as a Democrat in the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 8, Wayne County. From 1933-1938 he was a member of the Goldsboro Board of Aldermen. He represented Wayne County from 1939 to 1951 in the North Carolina House of Representatives, and in 1951 he was elected speaker of the North Carolina House. Taylor was the legislative counsel to Governor William B. Umstead from 1953 to 1954.

In addition to his interest in state politics, Taylor was deeply committed to the University of North Carolina. He served on the Board of Trustees of the University from 1915 until the University was consolidated in 1931. He then served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the consolidated University until its reorganization in 1971. In 1972, he was named to the Institutional Board, an interim board of trustees of the Chapel Hill branch of the University, and served from July 1972 until July 1973. Taylor died 28 September 1977.

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Materials, 1958-1973, relating to Taylor's service on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, including files concerning the Speaker Ban episode of 1965 and restructuring the board in the 1960s; files concering Taylor's involvements in the North Carolina General Assembly and some of his other political activities; and a few other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. University of North Carolina Material, 1938-1974.

About 400 items.

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About 325 items.

Correspondence, reports, clippings, and memos relating to Taylor's tenure on the Board of Trustees. Executive Committee files include material concerning the Speaker Ban Law, and Hodges Report materials document the restructuring of the Board of Trustees.

Folder 1

General, 1972-1973 #04460, Subseries: "1.1. Board of Trustees, 1938-1971." Folder 1

Folder 2-10

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Executive Committee, 1958-1971 #04460, Subseries: "1.1. Board of Trustees, 1938-1971." Folder 2-10

Folder 11

Executive Committee, Speaker Ban Law, 1965 #04460, Subseries: "1.1. Board of Trustees, 1938-1971." Folder 11

Folder 12

Hodges Report, 1966-1967 #04460, Subseries: "1.1. Board of Trustees, 1938-1971." Folder 12

Folder 13-15

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Nominating Committee, 1963-1968 #04460, Subseries: "1.1. Board of Trustees, 1938-1971." Folder 13-15

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About 73 items.

Correspondence and reports pertaining to Taylor's tenure on the selection committee of the John Motley Morehead Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.

Folder 16-18

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

John Motley Morehead Foundation, 1952-1974 #04460, Subseries: "1.2. Other Papers, 1950-1974." Folder 16-18

Folder 19

Medical Foundation of North Carolina, 1950-1970 #04460, Subseries: "1.2. Other Papers, 1950-1974." Folder 19

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About 500 items.

Arrangement: Chronological (roughly sorted).

Correspondence, reports, clippings, and other material concerning Taylor's public career in the North Carolina General Assembly as a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Also included are items related to his service as a member of the North Carolina Constitutional Commission, 1958, and his service as a consultant to the General Assembly and various governors.

Folder 20

Senate, 1921 #04460, Series: "2. North Carolina Politics, 1921-1977. " Folder 20

Folder 21

General Assembly, 1943-1949 #04460, Series: "2. North Carolina Politics, 1921-1977. " Folder 21

Folder 22-28

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

General Assembly, 1950-1952 #04460, Series: "2. North Carolina Politics, 1921-1977. " Folder 22-28

Folder 29-30

Folder 29

Folder 30

Constitutional Commission, 1958 #04460, Series: "2. North Carolina Politics, 1921-1977. " Folder 29-30

Folder 31

General Assembly, 1965-1967 #04460, Series: "2. North Carolina Politics, 1921-1977. " Folder 31

Folder 32

General Assembly, 1971 (1939 Reunion) #04460, Series: "2. North Carolina Politics, 1921-1977. " Folder 32

Folder 33-35

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Clippings, 1947-1977 #04460, Series: "2. North Carolina Politics, 1921-1977. " Folder 33-35

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About 20 items.

Certificates, correspondence, and obituaries documenting Taylor's involvement in various political, professional, and civic organizations.

Folder 36

Other papers, 1913-1977 #04460, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1913-1977." Folder 36

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Processing Information

Processed by: Connie Cartledge, Marion Presler, September 1986; Roslyn Holdzkom, December 1988

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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